WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

     
(Mark One)

þ
  QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2005

or

     
o
  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from __________ to __________

Commission file number: 001-32209

WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
Delaware   47-0937650
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)
     
8725 Henderson Road, Renaissance One
Tampa, Florida

(Address of principal executive offices)
 
33634
(Zip Code)

(813) 290-6200
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes þ           No o

     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes o            No þ

     As of May 6, 2005, there were 38,774,192 shares of the registrant’s common stock, par value $.01 per share, outstanding.

 
 

 


WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

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Part I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION     1  
 
           
  Financial Statements        
 
           
 
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2005 and December 31, 2004     1  
 
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004     2  
 
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004     3  
 
  Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements     4  
 
           
  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations     10  
 
           
  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk     17  
 
           
  Controls and Procedures     18  
 
           
Part II – OTHER INFORMATION     18  
 
           
  Legal Proceedings     18  
 
           
  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds     19  
 
           
  Defaults Upon Senior Securities     19  
 
           
  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders     19  
 
           
  Other Information     19  
 
           
  Exhibits     20  
 
           
        22  
 
 
 EX-31.1: SECTION 302 CERTIFICATION OF PRESIDENT AND CFO
 EX-31.2: SECTION 302 CERTIFICATION OF CFO
 EX-32.1: SECTION 906 CERTIFICATION OF PRESIDENT AND CEO
 EX-32.2: SECTION 906 CERTIFICATION OF CFO

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Part I– FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1: Financial Statements

WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, in thousands, except share data)

                 
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2005     2004  
Assets
               
Current Assets:
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 340,745     $ 397,627  
Investments
    173,746       75,515  
Premiums and other receivables, net
    44,534       52,170  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    5,512       6,119  
Income taxes receivable
          1,615  
Deferred income taxes
    18,123       15,362  
 
           
Total current assets
    582,660       548,408  
Property and equipment, net
    13,943       12,587  
Goodwill
    180,848       180,848  
Other intangibles, net
    24,140       25,441  
Restricted investment assets
    31,502       31,473  
Other assets
    256       279  
 
           
Total Assets
  $ 833,349     $ 799,036  
 
           
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
               
Current Liabilities:
               
Medical benefits payable
  $ 206,931     $ 190,595  
Unearned premiums
    64,453       63,449  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
    34,474       35,520  
Income taxes payable
    5,631        
Current portion of long-term debt
    1,600       1,600  
 
           
Total current liabilities
    313,089       291,164  
Notes payable to related party
    25,000       25,000  
Long-term debt
    156,541       156,901  
Deferred income taxes
    15,588       14,818  
Other liabilities
    2,743       2,522  
 
           
Total liabilities
    512,961       490,405  
 
           
Commitments and Contingencies (see Note 4)
               
Stockholders’ Equity:
               
Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value (20,000,000 authorized, no shares issued or outstanding)
               
Common Stock, $0.01 par value (100,000,000 authorized, 38,768,293 and 38,590,655 shares issued and outstanding)
    388       386  
Paid-in capital
    231,912       230,804  
Retained earnings
    88,084       77,444  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (expense)
    4       (3 )
 
           
Total stockholders’ equity
    320,388       308,631  
 
           
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
  $ 833,349     $ 799,036  
 
           

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share and unit data)

                 
    Three Months  
    Ended March 31,  
    2005     2004  
Revenues:
               
Premium
  $ 415,866     $ 301,250  
Investment and other income
    3,015       586  
 
           
Total revenues
    418,881       301,836  
 
           
Expenses:
               
Medical benefits
    344,926       251,435  
Selling, general and administrative
    51,248       36,791  
Depreciation and amortization
    2,042       1,659  
Interest
    3,205       2,265  
 
           
Total expenses
    401,421       292,150  
 
           
Income before income taxes
    17,460       9,686  
Income tax expense
    6,820       3,864  
 
           
Net income
  $ 10,640       5,822  
 
             
 
               
Class A common unit yield
            (1,571 )
 
             
Net income attributable to common units
          $ 4,251  
 
             
 
               
Net income per share (see Note 1):
               
Net income per share — basic
  $ 0.29          
Net income per share — diluted
  $ 0.27          
 
               
Net income attributable per common unit (see Note 1):
               
Net income attributable per common unit - basic
          $ 0.15  
Net income attributable per common unit - diluted
          $ 0.13  
 
               
Pro forma net income per common share (see Note 1) (unaudited):
               
Pro forma net income per common share - basic (unaudited)
          $ 0.19  
Pro forma net income per common share - diluted (unuadited)
          $ 0.16  

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, in thousands)

                 
    Three Months  
    Ended March 31,  
    2005     2004  
Cash from operating activities:
               
Net income
  $ 10,640     $ 5,822  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization expense
    2,042       1,659  
Realized gains on investments
    7        
Equity-based compensation expense
    719       260  
Accreted interest
    40       277  
Deferred taxes, net
    (1,991 )     (909 )
Provision for doubtful receivables
          1,416  
Changes in operating accounts, net of effect of acquisition:
               
Premiums and other receivables
    7,636       (5,347 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    590       (769 )
Medical benefits payable
    16,336       106  
Unearned premiums
    1,004       (24,215 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
    (1,169 )     (4,675 )
Accrued interest
    257       (1,514 )
Taxes payable
    7,246       3,732  
Other liabilities
    (53 )      
 
           
Net cash provided by (used in) operations
    43,304       (24,157 )
 
           
Cash from investing activities:
               
Proceeds from sale and maturities of investments, net
    25,174       48  
Purchases of investments
    (123,405 )     (5,201 )
Purchases and dispositions of restricted investments
    (29 )     (4,847 )
Additions to property and equipment, net
    (2,098 )     (774 )
 
           
Net cash used in investing activities
    (100,358 )     (10,774 )
 
           
 
               
Cash from financing activities:
               
Proceeds from options
    572        
Payments on debt
    (400 )     (3,591 )
 
           
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
    172       (3,591 )
 
           
Cash and cash equivalents:
               
Decrease during period
    (56,882 )     (38,522 )
Balance at beginning of period
    397,627       237,321  
 
           
Balance at end of period
  $ 340,745     $ 198,799  
 
           
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION —
               
Cash paid for taxes
  $ 1,571     $ 1,040  
 
           
Cash paid for interest
  $ 2,643     $ 2,002  
 
           

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(In thousands, except member, share and unit data)

1.   ORGANIZATION, BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

     WellCare Health Plans, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), provides managed care services targeted exclusively to government-sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Through its health plans, the Company offers a diverse array of products, primarily Medicaid and related state programs, such as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (“S-CHIP”), and Medicare programs, serving approximately 765,000 members as of March 31, 2005. Through its health maintenance organization (“HMO”) subsidiaries, the Company operates in the states of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Connecticut, Louisiana and Georgia.

History

     WellCare Holdings, LLC (“Holdings”), a Delaware limited liability corporation, was formed in May 2002 for the purpose of acquiring various subsidiaries that operate health plans focused on government programs in various states. Holdings began operating in August 2002 in conjunction with the acquisition of its indirect operating subsidiaries and did not have any activity from May 2002 through July 2002. The Company, formerly known as WellCare Group, Inc., became the successor to Holdings following a reorganization (the “Reorganization”) that took place immediately prior to the closing of the Company’s initial public offering in July 2004. The Reorganization was effected through a merger of Holdings with and into the Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holdings. The Company issued an aggregate of 29,735,757 shares of the Company’s common stock in exchange for all of the outstanding membership interests in Holdings, plus accrued yields, pursuant to the merger. Upon consummation of the merger, the Company changed its name to WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

     In July 2004, the Company completed its initial public offering, at a price of $17 per share. The offering resulted in net proceeds to the Company of approximately $112.3 million.

     In December 2004, the Company completed a follow-on public offering of common stock whereby 6,000,000 shares were sold by selling stockholders and 1,500,000 shares were sold by the Company. The Company received net proceeds of $44.9 million from this offering.

Basis of Presentation

     The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated and combined financial statements and notes thereto for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 15, 2005 (the “2004 Form 10-K”). In the opinion of the Company’s management, the interim financial statements reflect all normal recurring adjustments which the Company considers necessary for the fair presentation of the financial position and results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods presented. The interim financial statements included herein have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted. Results for the interim periods presented are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for the entire year or any other interim period.

     Certain 2004 amounts in the consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the 2005 presentation. These reclassifications have no effect on net income, total assets, liabilities or stockholders’ equity as previously reported.

Earnings Per Common Share

     Basic net income per common share is computed by dividing the net income for the period by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. Diluted net income per common share is computed by dividing the net income for the period by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period, plus other potentially dilutive securities.

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

(In thousands, except member, share and unit data)

Earnings Attributable Per Common Unit

     Basic net income attributable per unit is computed by dividing the net income less the Class A common unit yield for the period by the weighted average number of units outstanding during the period, less units outstanding. Diluted net income attributable per unit is computed by dividing the net income for the period less the Class A common unit yield by the weighted average number of units outstanding during the period, plus, other potentially dilutive securities, including the unvested units.

     Holdings’ historic capital structure is not indicative of the Company’s current structure due to the automatic conversion of all units of Holdings into common stock of the Company immediately prior to the closing of the Company’s initial public offering. Accordingly, historic basic and diluted net income attributable per common unit should not be used as an indicator of the future earnings per common share. The pro forma information in the condensed consolidated statements of income assumes conversion of all outstanding units of Holdings into shares of the Company’s common stock resulting from the completion of the initial public offering as if it had occurred at the beginning of all periods presented. Pro forma net income per share is computed using the weighted average number of common shares outstanding, including the pro forma effects of automatic conversion of all outstanding common units into shares of the Company’s common stock effective immediately prior to the closing of the Company’s initial public offering on July 7, 2004.

     The components of total shares outstanding at March 31, 2005 and December 31, 2004, are as follows:

                 
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2005     2004  
Common Shares Outstanding
    34,789,662       34,681,436  
Vested restricted shares
    2,665,598       2,432,280  
Unvested restricted shares
    1,313,033       1,476,939  
Options outstanding
    2,363,882       2,415,075  
 
           
Total Shares outstanding including options
    41,132,175       41,005,730  
 
           

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

(In thousands, except member, share and unit data)

     The following table illustrates the effect on net income and net income attributable per common unit as if the fair value based method had been applied to all awards:

                 
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2005     2004  
    (unaudited)  
Net income, as reported
  $ 10,640     $ 5,822  
Reconciling items (net of tax effects):
               
Add: equity-based employee compensation expense determined under the intrinsic-value based method for all awards
    438       154  
Deduct: equity-based employee compensation expense determined under the fair-value based method for all awards
    (2,093 )     (487 )
 
           
Net adjustment
    (1,655 )     (333 )
 
           
Net income, as adjusted
  $ 8,985       5,489  
 
             
Class A common unit yield
            (1,571 )
 
             
 
               
Adjusted net income attributable to common units
          $ 3,918  
 
             
Net income per common share:
               
Basic-as reported
  $ 0.29          
Basic-as adjusted
  $ 0.24          
Diluted-as reported
  $ 0.27          
Diluted-as adjusted
  $ 0.23          
Net income attributable per common unit:
               
Basic-as reported
          $ 0.15  
Basic-as adjusted
          $ 0.14  
Diluted-as reported
          $ 0.13  
Diluted-as adjusted
          $ 0.12  

     The Company has equity-based compensation plans for the benefit of its eligible associates, consultants and directors. The Company accounts for equity-based compensation under Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees.” The Company has adopted the disclosure-only provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation,” and SFAS No. 148, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation – Transition and Disclosure.”

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

(In thousands, except member, share and unit data)

     The following table presents the calculation of net income per common share – basic and diluted and net income attributable per common unit – basic and diluted:

                 
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2005     2004  
    (unaudited)  
Numerator:
               
Net income — basic and diluted
  $ 10,640     $ 5,822  
 
             
Class A common unit yield
            (1,571 )
 
             
Net income attributable to common unit
          $ 4,251  
 
             
Denominator
               
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic
    37,250,621          
Adjustment for unvested restricted common shares
    1,394,423          
Dilutive effect of stock options (as determined by the treasury stock method)
    832,044          
 
             
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted
    39,477,088          
 
             
 
               
Weighted average units outstanding — basic
            27,613,922  
Adjustment for unvested outstanding Class C common units and equity options issued
            4,606,674  
 
             
Weighted average units outstanding — diluted
            32,220,596  
 
             
 
               
Pro forma weighted average shares outstanding - basic
            22,454,244  
 
             
 
               
Pro forma weighted average shares outstanding - diluted
            26,200,158  
 
             
 
               
Net income per common share:
               
Net income per common share — basic
  $ 0.29          
Net income per common share — diluted
  $ 0.27          
Net income attributable per common unit:
               
Net income attributable per common unit - basic
          $ 0.15  
Net income attributable per common unit - diluted
          $ 0.13  
Pro forma net income per common share:
               
Pro forma net income per common share - basic
          $ 0.19  
Pro forma net income per common share - diluted
          $ 0.16  

2.   BUSINESS ACQUISITION

     In June 2004, the Company acquired Harmony Health Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries, (collectively, “Harmony”) pursuant to the terms of a merger agreement entered into in March 2004, for $50,296, including acquisition costs of $1,609. The results of Harmony’s operations have been included in the condensed consolidated financial statements since the acquisition date.

     The following unaudited pro forma summary information presents the consolidated income statement information for the three-month period ended March 31, 2004 as if the acquisition had been consummated on January 1, 2004, and does not purport to be indicative of what would have occurred had the acquisition been completed at that date or the results that may occur in the future.

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

(In thousands, except member, share and unit data)

         
    Three Months  
    Ended  
    March 31,  
    2004  
Premium Revenue
  $ 332,935  
 
     
Net Income
  $ 6,161  
 
     
Net income per share - basic
       
Net income per share - diluted
       
Net income attributable per common unit - basic
  $ 0.17  
 
     
Net income attributable per common unit - diluted
  $ 0.16  
 
     

3.   SEGMENT REPORTING

     The Company has two reportable segments: Medicaid and Medicare. The segments were determined based upon the type of governmental administration, regulation and funding of the health plans. Segment performance is evaluated based upon earnings from operations without corporate allocations. Accounting policies of the segments are consistent with those applied at the December 31, 2004 year end.

     The Medicaid segment includes operations to provide healthcare services to recipients that are eligible for state supported programs including Medicaid and family and children’s health programs. The Medicare segment includes operations to provide healthcare services to recipients who are eligible for the federally supported Medicare program. The Company no longer operates a commercial line of business.

     Asset, liability and equity amounts by segment have not been disclosed, as they are not reported by segment internally by the Company.

                 
    Three Months  
    Ended March 31,  
    2005     2004  
Premium revenue:
               
Medicaid
  $ 309,210     $ 216,120  
Medicare
    106,656       84,560  
Corporate and other
          570  
 
           
Total
    415,866       301,250  
Medical benefits expense:
               
Medicaid
    257,996       183,062  
Medicare
    86,930       67,969  
Corporate and other
          404  
 
           
Total
    344,926       251,435  
Gross profit:
               
Medicaid
    51,214       33,058  
Medicare
    19,726       16,591  
Corporate and other
          166  
 
           
Total
  $ 70,940     $ 49,815  
 
           

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WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.
(SUCCESSOR TO WELLCARE HOLDINGS, LLC)

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Concluded)

(In thousands, except members, share and unit data)

4.   COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

     The Company is a party to legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. The Company does not believe these proceedings, individually or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on its financial position, results of operations or cash flows. The Company believes that it has obtained adequate insurance or rights to indemnification or, where appropriate, has established adequate reserves in connection with these legal proceedings.

5.   INCOME TAXES

     The Company uses the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes. At March 31, 2005, net deferred tax assets were approximately $2,535. In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, and tax planning strategies. The Company expects the deferred tax assets to be realized through the generation of future taxable income and the reversal of existing taxable temporary differences.

6.   CREDIT AGREEMENT

     In May 2004, the Company and certain subsidiaries entered into a credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) and obtained two new credit facilities, consisting of a senior secured term loan facility in the amount of $160,000 and a revolving credit facility in the amount of $50,000, of which $10,000 is available for short-term borrowings on a swingline basis. Interest is payable quarterly, currently at the six month LIBOR rate option of 6.49%. The term loan matures in May 2009, and the revolving credit facility will mature in May 2008. The revolving credit facility has not been utilized.

     The Credit Agreement contains various restrictive covenants which limit, among other things, the Company’s ability to incur indebtedness and liens and to enter into business combination transactions. In addition, the Company must maintain certain fixed charge and leverage ratios. The Company believes that it is in compliance with all the financial and non-financial covenants at March 31, 2005.

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Item 2: Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Forward-Looking Statements

     The following discussion of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and the notes to those statements appearing elsewhere in this report and our audited consolidated and combined financial statements and the notes thereto for the year ended December 31, 2004, appearing in the 2004 Form 10-K.

     This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains “forward-looking” statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continues” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements.

     Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual future results to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

  •   the potential expiration, cancellation or suspension of our state and federal contracts;
 
  •   our ability to accurately predict and effectively manage health benefits and other operating expenses;
 
  •   our ability to accurately estimate incurred but not reported medical costs;
 
  •   risks associated with future changes in healthcare laws;
 
  •   potential reductions in funding for government healthcare programs;
 
  •   risks associated with our acquisition strategy;
 
  •   risks associated with our efforts to expand into additional states and counties;
 
  •   risks associated with our substantial debt obligations; and
 
  •   risks associated with our business obligations, including our ability to attract and retain qualified management personnel.

     Additional information concerning these and other important risks and uncertainties can be found under the heading “Risk Factors” in the 2004 Form 10-K. We specifically disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Overview

     We provide managed care services targeted exclusively to government-sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Our business currently operates health plans in Florida, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and Georgia, serving approximately 765,000 members as of March 31, 2005. The following tables summarize our membership by state and by program as of March 31, 2005 and 2004.

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    March 31,     March 31,  
    2005     2004  
State
               
Florida
    530,000       495,000  
New York
    75,000       60,000  
Connecticut
    33,000       26,000  
Illinois
    68,000        
Indiana
    58,000        
Louisiana
    600        
 
           
 
    764,600       581,000  
 
           
                 
Program
               
Medicaid
    711,000       538,000  
Medicare
    53,600       43,000  
 
           
 
    764,600       581,000  
 
           

     The Company recently became licensed to offer Medicare services to beneficiaries in Georgia. As of March 31, 2005, the Company did not have any members in Georgia.

     We enter into contracts generally on an annual basis with government agencies that administer health benefits programs. We receive premiums from state and federal agencies for the members that are assigned to or have selected us to provide healthcare services under each benefit program. The amount of premiums we receive for each member is fixed, although it varies according to demographics, including the government program, and the member’s geographic location, age and sex.

     Our largest expense is the cost of medical benefits that we provide, which is based primarily on our arrangements with healthcare providers. Our profitability depends in part on our ability to predict and effectively manage medical benefits expense relative to the fixed premiums we receive. Our arrangements with providers fall into two broad categories: capitation arrangements, where we pay the providers a fixed fee per member, and fee-for-service and risk-sharing arrangements, where we assume all or part of the risk of the cost of the healthcare provided. Generally, capitation payments represent less than 20% of our total medical benefits expense. Other components of medical benefits expense are variable and require estimation and ongoing cost management.

     Estimation of medical benefits expense is our most significant critical accounting estimate. See “- Critical Accounting Policies.”

     We use a variety of techniques to manage our medical benefits expense, including payment methods to providers, referral requirements, quality and disease management programs, reinsurance and member co-payments and premiums for some of our Medicare plans. National healthcare costs have been increasing at a higher rate than the general inflation rate, however, and relatively small changes in our medical benefits expense relative to premiums that we receive can create significant changes in our financial results. Changes in healthcare laws, regulations and practices, levels of use of healthcare services, competitive pressures, hospital costs, major epidemics, terrorism or bio-terrorism, new medical technologies and other external factors could reduce our ability to manage our medical benefits expense effectively.

Segments

     We have two reportable business segments: Medicaid and Medicare. Medicaid, a state administered program, was enacted in 1965 to make federal matching funds available to all states for the delivery of healthcare benefits to eligible individuals, principally those with incomes below specified levels who meet other state specified requirements. Medicaid is structured to allow each state to establish its own eligibility standards, benefits package, payment rates and program administration under broad federal guidelines. Most states determine threshold Medicaid eligibility by reference to other federal financial assistance programs including the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income programs.

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     The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program provides assistance to low-income families with children and was adopted to replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Supplemental Security Income is a federal program that provides assistance to low-income aged, blind or disabled individuals. However, states can broaden eligibility criteria.

     The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (“S CHIP”), developed in 1997, is a federal/state matching program that provides healthcare coverage to children not otherwise covered by Medicaid or other insurance programs. S CHIP enables a segment of the large uninsured population in the United States to receive healthcare benefits. States have the option of administering S CHIP through their Medicaid programs.

     Medicare is a federal program that provides eligible persons age 65 and over and some disabled persons a variety of hospital and medical insurance benefits. Most individuals eligible for Medicare are entitled to receive inpatient hospital care without the payment of any premium, but are required to pay a premium to the federal government, which is adjusted annually, to be eligible for physician care and other services.

     Under the Medicare Advantage program, managed care plans can contract with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to provide health insurance coverage in exchange for a fixed monthly payment per member that varies based on the geographic areas in which the members reside. The fixed monthly payment per member is subject to periodic adjustments determined by CMS based upon a number of factors, including retroactive changes in members’ status such as Medicaid eligibility, and risk measures based on demographic factors such as age, gender, county of residence and health status. The weighting of the risk measures in the determination of the amount of the periodic adjustments to the fixed monthly payments is being phased in over time. These measures will have their full impact on the calculation of those adjustments by 2007. Individuals who elect to participate in the Medicare Advantage program are relieved of the obligation to pay some or all of the deductible or coinsurance amounts required under the traditional Medicare program, but are generally required to use the service provided by the HMO exclusively and may be required to pay a premium to the federal Medicare program unless the HMO chooses to pay the premium as part of its benefit package.

Acquisitions

     We continually identify markets for potential acquisitions or expansion that would increase our membership and broaden our geographic presence. These potential acquisitions or expansion efforts are at various stages of internal consideration, and we may enter into letters of intent, transactions or other arrangements supporting our growth strategy at any time. However, we cannot predict when or whether such transactions or other arrangements will actually occur, and we may not be successful in completing potential acquisitions.

Critical Accounting Policies

     In the ordinary course of business, we make a number of estimates and assumptions relating to the reporting of our results of operations and financial condition in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results could differ significantly from those estimates under different assumptions and conditions. We believe that the accounting policies discussed below are those that are most important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results and require management’s most difficult, subjective and complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain.

     Revenue recognition. We generate revenues primarily from premiums we receive from agencies of the federal government and the states in which we operate to provide healthcare benefits to our members. We receive a fixed premium per member per month to provide healthcare benefits to our members pursuant to our contracts in each of our markets. We generally receive premiums in advance of providing services, and recognize premium revenue during the period in which we are obligated to provide services to our members. Premiums collected in advance are deferred and reported as unearned premiums. Any amounts that have not been received remain on the balance sheet classified as premiums receivable. We also generate revenues from investments.

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     We experience adjustments to our revenues based on member retroactivity. These retroactivity adjustments reflect changes in the number and eligibility status of enrollees subsequent to when revenue is billed. We estimate the amount of outstanding retroactivity each period and adjust premium revenue accordingly. The estimates of retroactivity adjustments are based on historical trends, premiums billed, the volume of member and contract renewal activity and other information. We refine our estimates and methodologies based upon actual retroactivity experienced. Retroactivity adjustments have not been significant.

     Estimating medical benefits expense and medical benefits payable. The cost of medical benefits is recognized in the period in which services are provided and includes an estimate of the cost of medical benefits that have been incurred but not yet reported. We contract with various healthcare providers for the provision of certain medical care services to our members and generally compensate those providers on a fee-for-service or capitated basis or pursuant to certain risk-sharing arrangements. Capitation represents fixed payments on a per member per month basis to participating physicians and other medical specialists as compensation for providing comprehensive healthcare services.

     Medical benefits expense has two main components: direct medical expenses and medically-related administrative costs. Direct medical expenses include amounts paid to hospitals, physicians and providers of ancillary services, such as laboratory and pharmacy. Medically-related administrative costs include items such as case and disease management, utilization review services, quality assurance and on-call nurses.

     Medical benefits payable consists primarily of benefit reserves established for reported and unreported claims, which are unpaid as of the balance sheet date, and contractual liabilities under risk-sharing arrangements, determined through an estimation process utilizing company-specific, industry-wide and general economic information and data.

     We have used the same methodology for estimating our medical benefits expense and medical benefits payable since our acquisition of the WellCare group of companies in August 2002. Our policy is to record management’s best estimate of medical benefits payable. Monthly, we estimate ultimate benefits payable based upon historical experience and other available information as well as assumptions about emerging trends, which vary by business segment. The process for preparing the estimate utilizes standard actuarial methodologies based on historical data. These standard actuarial methodologies include, among other factors, contractual requirements, historic utilization trends, the interval between the date services are rendered and the date claims are paid, denied claims activity, disputed claims activity, benefits changes, expected health care cost inflation, seasonality patterns and changes in membership. In developing the estimate, we apply different estimation methods depending on the month for which incurred claims are being estimated. For the more recent months, which constitute the majority of the amount of the medical benefits payable, we estimate our claims incurred by applying observed trend factors to the per member per month, or PMPM, costs for prior months, which costs have been estimated using completion factors, in order to estimate the PMPMs for the most recent months. We validate our estimates of the most recent PMPMs by comparing the most recent months’ utilization levels to the utilization levels in older months, actuarial techniques that incorporate a historical analysis of claim payments, including trends in cost of care provided, and timeliness of submission and processing of claims.

     Also included in medical benefits payable are estimates for provider settlements due to clarification of contract terms, out-of-network reimbursement and claims payment differences, as well as amounts due to contracted providers under risk-sharing arrangements.

     Many aspects of the managed care business are not predictable with consistency. These aspects include the incidences of illness or disease state (such as cardiac heart failure cases, cases of upper respiratory illness, the length and severity of the flu season, diabetes, the number of full-term versus premature births and the number of neonatal intensive care babies). Therefore, we must rely upon our historical experience, as continually monitored, to reflect the ever-changing mix, needs and growth of our members in our trend assumptions. Among the factors considered by management are changes in the level of benefits provided to members, seasonal variations in utilization, identified industry trends and changes in provider reimbursement arrangements, including changes in the percentage of reimbursements made on a capitation as opposed to a fee-for-service basis. These considerations are aggregated in making assumptions regarding trends in medical benefits expense. Other external factors such as government-mandated benefits or other regulatory changes, catastrophes and epidemics may impact medical cost trends. Other internal factors such as system conversions and claims processing interruptions may impact our ability to predict accurately estimates of historical completion factors or medical cost trends.

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Medical cost trends potentially are more volatile than other segments of the economy. Management is required to use considerable judgment in the selection of medical benefits expense trends and other actuarial model inputs.

     We record reserves for estimated referral claims related to healthcare providers under contract with us who are financially troubled or insolvent and who may not be able to honor their obligations for the costs of medical services provided by other providers. In these instances, we may be required to honor these obligations for legal or business reasons. Based on our current assessment of providers under contract with us, such losses have not been and are not expected to be significant.

     Changes in estimates of medical benefits payable are primarily the result of obtaining more complete claims information that directly correlates with the claims and provider reimbursement trends. Volatility in members’ needs for medical services, provider claims submissions and our payment processes result in identifiable patterns emerging several months after the causes of deviations from assumed trends occur. Since our estimates are based upon per member per month claims experience, changes cannot typically be explained by any single factor, but are the result of a number of interrelated variables, all influencing the resulting experienced medical cost trend. Deviations, whether positive or negative, between actual experience and estimates used to establish the liability are recorded in the period known.

     Goodwill and intangible assets. We obtained goodwill and intangible assets as a result of the acquisitions of our subsidiaries and the Harmony acquisition. Goodwill represents the excess of the cost over the fair market value of net assets acquired. Intangible assets include provider networks, membership contracts, trademarks, noncompete agreements, government contracts, licenses and permits. Our intangible assets are amortized over their estimated useful lives ranging from one to 26 years.

     We evaluate whether events or circumstances have occurred that may affect the estimated useful life or the recoverability of the remaining balance of goodwill and other identifiable intangible assets. We must make assumptions and estimates, such as the discount factor, in determining the estimated fair values. While we believe these assumptions and estimates are appropriate, other assumptions and estimates could be applied and might produce significantly different results.

     We review goodwill and intangible assets for impairment at least annually, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances occur that may affect the estimated useful life or the recoverability of the remaining balance of goodwill or intangible assets. Events or changes in circumstances would include significant changes in membership, state funding, medical contracts and provider networks. We have selected the third quarter of each fiscal year for our annual impairment test, which generally coincides with the finalization of state and federal contract negotiations and our initial budgeting process.

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Results of Operations

     The following table sets forth the condensed consolidated statements of income data, expressed as a percentage of total revenues for each period indicated. The historical results are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for any future period.

                 
    Three Months  
    Ended March 31,  
    2005     2004  
Statement of Operations Data:
               
Revenues
               
Premium
    99.3 %     99.8 %
Investment and other income
    0.7 %     0.2 %
 
           
Total revenues
    100.0 %     100.0 %
 
           
Expenses
               
Medical benefits
    82.3 %     83.3 %
Selling, general and administrative
    12.2 %     12.2 %
Depreciation and amortization
    0.5 %     0.5 %
Interest
    0.8 %     0.8 %
 
           
Total expenses
    95.8 %     96.8 %
 
           
Income before income taxes
    4.2 %     3.2 %
Income tax expense
    1.6 %     1.3 %
 
           
Net Income
    2.6 %     1.9 %
 
           

     One of our primary tools for measuring profitability is our medical benefits ratio, the ratio of our medical benefits expense to the premiums we receive. Changes in the medical benefits ratio from period to period result from, among other things, changes in Medicaid and Medicare funding, changes in the mix of Medicaid and Medicare membership, our ability to manage medical costs and changes in accounting estimates related to incurred but not reported claims. We use medical benefits ratios both to monitor our management of medical benefits expense and to make various business decisions, including what healthcare plans to offer, what geographic areas to enter or exit and the selection of healthcare providers. Although medical benefits ratios play an important role in our business strategy, we may be willing to enter into provider arrangements that might produce a less favorable medical benefits ratio if those arrangements, such as capitation or risk-sharing, would likely lower our exposure to variability in medical costs.

Three Month Period Ended March 31, 2005 Compared to the Three Month Period Ended March 31, 2004

     Premium revenue. Premium revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $114.6 million, or 38%, to $415.9 million from $301.3 million for the same period last year. The increase is due to the addition of 84,000 Medicaid members resulting from the acquisition of Harmony in June 2004, organic growth in membership of 17%, and rate increases on our products. Total membership grew by 184,000 members, or 32%, from 581,000 at March 31, 2004 to approximately 765,000 at March 31, 2005.

     Our Medicaid segment includes Medicaid programs and other state-sponsored healthcare programs. The Medicaid segment premium revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $93.1 million, or 43%, to $309.2 million from $216.1 million for the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to the members acquired through the acquisition of Harmony in June 2004, organic growth of 17%, and the increase in rates in the State of Florida effective July 1, 2004 of approximately 9%. Aggregate membership in the Medicaid segment grew by 173,000 members, or 32%, from 538,000 members at March 31, 2004 to approximately 711,000 at March 31, 2005.

     Medicare segment premium revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $22.1 million, or 26%, to $106.7 million from $84.6 million for the same period last year. Growth in premium revenue within the Medicare segment was due to membership growth and the result of increased rates received for Medicare members, averaging approximately 10% based on the health status and demographic mix of our membership. Membership within the Medicare segment grew by 11,000 members, or 26%, from 43,000 members at March 31, 2004 to 54,000 members at March 31, 2005.

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     Investment income. Investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $2.4 million, or 415%, to $3.0 million from $0.5 million for the same period last year. For the three months ended March 31, 2005, the increase was due primarily to the investment of the net proceeds we received from our initial and follow-on public offerings of approximately $157.2 million and higher interest rate environment.

     Medical benefits expense. Medical benefits expense for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $93.5 million, or 37%, to $344.9 million from $251.4 million for the same period last year. The increase in medical benefits expense was due to organic growth in membership as well as through the acquisition of Harmony in June 2004. The medical benefits ratio, as a percentage of premium revenue, for the three months ended March 31, 2005 was 82.9% compared to 83.5% for the same period last year. The medical benefits ratio decreased in 2005 primarily as a result of lower overall utilization of services and increased premium rates received for Medicare members.

     The Medicaid segment medical benefits expense for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $74.9 million, or 41%, to $258.0 million from $183.1 million for the same period last year. The increase in medical benefits expense was primarily due to growth in membership and the acquisition of Harmony. The membership increase and the inclusion of Harmony accounted for $61.0 million of the increase when comparing the three-month periods. Increased healthcare costs and changes in membership mix accounted for $13.9 million of the quarterly increase. The Medicaid medical benefits ratio, as a percentage of premium revenue, for the three months ended March 31, 2005 was 83.4% compared to 84.7% for the same period last year. The Medicaid benefits ratio decreased in 2005 primarily as a result of lower overall utilization of services and increased premium rates received for Medicaid members.

     Medicare segment medical benefits expense for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $19.0 million, or 28%, to $86.9 million from $68.0 million for the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to the growth in membership, which accounted for $14.1 million of the increase in the quarter. Increased healthcare costs accounted for $4.9 million of the quarterly increase. The Medicare medical benefits ratio, as a percentage of premium revenue, for the three months ended March 31, 2005 was 81.5% compared to 80.4% for the same period last year. The medical benefits ratio increased due to changes in benefits design and higher utilization of services by our members.

     Selling, general and administrative expense. Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expense for the three months ended March 31, 2005 increased $14.5 million, or 39%, to $51.2 million from $36.8 million for the same period last year. Our SG&A expense to revenue ratio was 12.2% for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004. The increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to investments in information technology, investments in sales and marketing strategies and increased spending necessary to support and sustain our membership growth.

     Interest expense. Interest expense was $3.2 million and $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively. The increase primarily relates to the additional amount of debt outstanding during the quarter ended March 31, 2005.

     Income tax expense. Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2005 was $6.8 million with an effective tax rate of 39.1% as compared to $3.9 million for the same period last year with an effective tax rate of 39.9%.

     Net income. Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2005 was $10.6 million compared to $5.8 million for the same period last year, representing an increase of 82.8%.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

     We have financed our operations principally through internally generated funds. We generate cash mainly from premium revenue. Our primary use of cash is the payment of expenses related to medical benefits and administrative costs. We generally receive premium revenue in advance of payment of claims for related healthcare services. We expect our future funding for working capital needs, capital expenditures, long-term debt repayments, dividends and other financing activities will continue to be provided from these resources.

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From time to time, we may need to raise additional capital or draw on our revolving credit facility to fund planned geographic and product expansion or acquire healthcare businesses. As of March 31, 2005, no amounts have been drawn on the revolving credit facility.

     Each of our existing and projected sources of cash are impacted by operational and financial risks that influence the overall amount of cash generated and the capital available to us. For a further discussion of risks that can impact our liquidity, see our risk factor discussion included in the 2004 Form 10-K.

     As we generally receive payments in advance of payments of claims for healthcare services, we maintain estimated balances of cash and cash equivalents pending payment of claims. At March 31, 2005 and March 31, 2004, cash and cash equivalents were $340.7 million and $397.6 million, respectively. We also had short-term investments with maturities of three to twelve months of $173.7 million and $75.5 million at March 31, 2005 and March 31, 2004, respectively.

     Our investment policies are designed primarily to provide liquidity and preserve capital. The states in which we operate prescribe the types of instruments in which our subsidiaries may invest their funds. As of March 31, 2005 and March 31, 2004, a substantial portion of our cash was invested in certificates of deposit and a portfolio of highly liquid money market securities with a weighted average maturity of 54 days and 60 days, respectively. The average portfolio yield for the three month periods ended March 31, 2005 and March 31, 2004, was approximately 2.02% and 1.29%, respectively.

Overview of Cash Flow Activities

     For the periods ended March 31, 2005 and 2004 our cash flows are summarized as follows:

                 
    2005     2004  
Net cash provided by (used in) operations
  $ 43,304     $ (24,157 )
Net cash used in investing activities
    (100,358 )     (10,774 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
    172       (3,591 )

     Cash Used In Operations: The growth in cash provided by operations was primarily due to increased membership, improved profitability and changes in outstanding receivables and liabilities based on the timing of cash receipts and payments. Because we generally receive premium revenue in advance of payment for the related medical care costs, our cash has historically increased during periods of enrollment growth.

     Cash Used in Investing Activities: The increase in cash used in investing activities is due to additional investments made during the quarter ended March 31, 2005.

     Cash from Financing Activities: The change in cash from financing activities is primarily due to option activity and debt payments.

Item 3: Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

     As of March 31, 2005, we had cash and cash equivalents of $340.7 million, investments classified as current assets of $173.7 million, and restricted investments on deposit for licensure of $31.5 million. The short-term investments classified as current assets consist of highly liquid securities with maturities between three and twelve months and longer term bonds with floating interest rates that are considered available for sale. Long-term restricted assets consist of cash and cash equivalents deposited or pledged to state agencies in accordance with state rules and regulations. These restricted assets are classified as long-term regardless of the contractual maturity date due to the long-term nature of the states’ requirements. The investments classified as long-term are subject to interest rate risk and will decrease in value if market rates increase. Because of their short-term pricing nature, however, we would not expect the value of these investments to decline significantly as a result of a sudden change in market interest rates. Assuming a hypothetical and immediate 1% increase in market interest rates at March 31, 2005, the fair value of our fixed income investments would decrease by less than $1.8 million.

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Similarly, a 1% decrease in market interest rates at March 31, 2005 would result in an increase of the fair value of our investments of less than $1.8 million.

Item 4: Controls and Procedures.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

     Our management carried out an evaluation required by Rule 13a-15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), under the supervision and with the participation of our President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rule 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act (“Disclosure Controls”). Based on the evaluation, our CEO and CFO concluded that, subject to the limitations noted herein, as of March 31, 2005, our Disclosure Controls are effective in timely alerting them to material information required to be included in our reports filed with the SEC.

Changes in Internal Controls

     There has not been any change in our internal control over financial reporting identified in connection with the evaluation that occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2005 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, those controls.

Limitations on the Effectiveness of Controls

     Our management, including our CEO and CFO, does not expect that our Disclosure Controls and internal controls will prevent all error and all fraud. A control system, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met. Further, the design of a control system must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of controls must be considered relative to their costs. Because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within the Company have been detected. These inherent limitations include the realities that judgments in decision-making can be faulty and that breakdowns can occur because of simple error or mistake. Additionally, controls can be circumvented by the individual acts of some persons, by collusion of two or more people or by management override of the controls.

     The design of any system of controls also is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions; over time, a control may become inadequate because of changes in conditions or the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate. Because of the inherent limitations in a cost-effective control system, misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and may not be detected.

Part II  OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1: Legal Proceedings.

     We are involved in legal proceedings in the normal course of business, some of which seek monetary damages, including claims for punitive damages, which are not covered by insurance. These actions, when finally concluded and determined, will not, in our opinion, have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. We believe that we have obtained adequate insurance or rights to indemnification or, where appropriate, have established adequate reserves in connection with these legal proceedings.

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Item 2: Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

Initial Public Offering

     In connection with our initial public offering of our common stock, the SEC declared our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (No. 333-112829), filed under the Securities Act of 1933, effective on June 30, 2004. On July 7, 2004, we closed the sale of all 8,433,333 shares of our common stock registered under the Registration Statement. Of this amount, a total of 7,333,333 shares were sold by us and 1,100,000 shares were sold by a selling stockholder. The shares sold by the selling stockholder were sold pursuant to the exercise in full of the underwriters’ over-allotment option. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, SG Cowen & Co., LLC, UBS Securities, LLC and Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC served as the managing underwriters.

     The initial public offering price was $17 per share. The aggregate sale price for all of the shares sold by us was approximately $124.7 million, resulting in net proceeds to us of approximately $112.3 million after payment of underwriting discounts and commissions of approximately $8.7 million and legal, accounting and other fees incurred in connection with the offering of approximately $3.7 million. The aggregate sales price for all of the shares sold by the selling stockholder was $18.7 million. We did not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of shares of common stock by the selling stockholder.

     Upon the completion of our initial public offering, we invested the net proceeds from the offering in short-term, interest-bearing, investment-grade securities. As of March 31, 2005, we have not used any of the proceeds from the offering.

Follow-On Public Offering

     On December 22, 2004, we closed a follow-on public offering of common stock whereby 6,000,000 shares were sold by selling stockholders and 1,500,000 shares were sold by us. We received net proceeds of $44.9 million from this offering after deducting underwriting and other offering costs. As of March 31, 2005, we have not used any of the proceeds from the offering.

Item 3: Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

     None.

Item 4: Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

     None.

Item 5: Other Information.

     None.

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Item 6: Exhibits.

     The following exhibits are included herein:

     
Exhibit    
Number   Description
3.1
  Registrant’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.
 
   
3.2
  Registrant’s Amended and Restated Bylaws, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.
 
   
4.1
  Specimen common stock certificate of Registrant, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to Amendment No. 3 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed by the Registrant on June 29, 2004 (No. 333-112829).
 
   
10.1
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between Ulster County, New York and WellCare of New Work, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.2
  Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and the City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.3
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Greene County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.4
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Rensselear County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.5
  Contract between the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy, the Office of Children’s Health Insurance Program and Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 20, 2005.
 
   
10.6
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Columbia County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 20, 2005.
 
   
10.7
  Amendment No. 2 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and Well Care HMO, Inc., d/b/a StayWell Health Plan of Florida, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.8
  Amendment No. 3 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and Well Care HMO, Inc., d/b/a StayWell Health Plan of Florida, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.9
  Amendment No. 2 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and HealthEase of Florida, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.10
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Dutchess County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.

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Exhibit    
Number   Description
10.11
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Sullivan County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.12
  Amendment to Contract P01162 between the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and WellCare Health Plans, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 1, 2005.
 
   
10.13
  Amendment No. 4 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and Well Care HMO, Inc., d/b/a StayWell Health Plan of Florida, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 7, 2005.
 
   
10.14
  Amendment No. 4 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and HealthEase of Florida, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 7, 2005.
 
   
10.15
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Orange County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 17, 2005.
 
   
10.16
  Amendment to Medicare Managed Care Contract Pursuant to Section 1860D-31 of the Social Security Act for the Operation of a Medicare-Approved Prescription Drug Discount Card between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and WellCare of Louisiana, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 29, 2005.
 
   
10.17
  Amendment to Contract Number C-014386 between The State of New York and WellCare of New York, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 29, 2005.
 
   
10.18
  Offer letter to Imtiaz (MT) Sattaur, dated December 5, 2003.*
 
   
10.19
  Offer letter to Rupesh Shah, dated July 15, 2004.*
 
   
31.1
  Certificate of President and Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.
 
   
31.2
  Certificate of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.
 
   
32.1
  Certification of President and Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.
 
   
32.2
  Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.


*   Filed herewith

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SIGNATURES

     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized in Tampa, Florida on May 10, 2005.

         
    WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.
 
       
  By:     /s/ Paul L. Behrens
       
      Paul L. Behrens, Chief Financial Officer
      (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer and duly authorized officer)

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EXHIBIT INDEX

     
Exhibit    
Number   Description
3.1
  Registrant’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.
 
   
3.2
  Registrant’s Amended and Restated Bylaws, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.
 
   
4.1
  Specimen common stock certificate of Registrant, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to Amendment No. 3 to the Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed by the Registrant on June 29, 2004 (No. 333-112829).
 
   
10.1
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between Ulster County, New York and WellCare of New Work, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.2
  Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and the City of New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.3
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Greene County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.4
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Rensselear County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 3, 2005.
 
   
10.5
  Contract between the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy, the Office of Children’s Health Insurance Program and Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 20, 2005.
 
   
10.6
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Columbia County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on January 20, 2005.
 
   
10.7
  Amendment No. 2 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and Well Care HMO, Inc., d/b/a StayWell Health Plan of Florida, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.8
  Amendment No. 3 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and Well Care HMO, Inc., d/b/a StayWell Health Plan of Florida, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.9
  Amendment No. 2 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and HealthEase of Florida, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.10
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Dutchess County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.

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Exhibit    
Number   Description
10.11
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Sullivan County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on February 3, 2005.
 
   
10.12
  Amendment to Contract P01162 between the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and WellCare Health Plans, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 1, 2005.
 
   
10.13
  Amendment No. 4 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and Well Care HMO, Inc., d/b/a StayWell Health Plan of Florida, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 7, 2005.
 
   
10.14
  Amendment No. 4 to AHCA Contract between the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration and HealthEase of Florida, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 7, 2005.
 
   
10.15
  Amendment to Medicaid Managed Care Model Contract between WellCare of New York, Inc. and Orange County, New York, incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 17, 2005.
 
   
10.16
  Amendment to Medicare Managed Care Contract Pursuant to Section 1860D-31 of the Social Security Act for the Operation of a Medicare-Approved Prescription Drug Discount Card between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and WellCare of Louisiana, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 29, 2005.
 
   
10.17
  Amendment to Contract Number C-014386 between The State of New York and WellCare of New York, Inc., incorporated by reference to an exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Registrant on March 29, 2005.
 
   
10.18
  Offer letter to Imtiaz (MT) Sattaur, dated December 5, 2003.*
 
   
10.19
  Offer letter to Rupesh Shah, dated July 15, 2004.*
 
   
31.1
  Certificate of President and Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.
 
   
31.2
  Certificate of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.
 
   
32.1
  Certification of President and Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.
 
   
32.2
  Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, dated May 10, 2005.


*   Filed herewith

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